This week, I’ll be attending Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat on the Hill event in Washington, DC. I started attending years ago, when I worked for a local affiliate in Tennessee, and it remains one of my favorite events of the year.
Have you recently found yourself in charge of running or developing your organization’s annual fund campaign? Are you looking at ways to bolster your annual support? Do you ever wonder if your organization is pursuing the most effective path to securing annual gifts?
Is your organization celebrating a special anniversary in the near future? Are you considering a capital campaign? If you answered "yes" to both these questions, you have the potential to increase awareness of your organization and its mission and add or upgrade donors and gifts.
You’re about to meet a donor that any capital campaign would welcome with open arms. The Rev. Alanson B. Houghton years ago “retired” from the Episcopal priesthood to the coast of South Carolina. There he keeps busy with activities for nonprofit organizations including the YMCA and United Way.
Fundraising is the art of relationship building. People give to people, and people don’t give unless they are asked—that’s Fundraising 101. But in an increasingly technological world, these basic, indelible rules are sometimes forgotten.